1985.) Hosea 14

Hosea 14   (NIV)

“I will love freely.

You shall blossom like the vine.

I look after you.”

–The Gendai Bible (each chapter summarized in a haiku)
by Rev. Frederick K. Boyle

 Repentance to Bring Blessing

Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.
Your sins have been your downfall!
Take words with you
and return to the Lord.
Say to him:
“Forgive all our sins
and receive us graciously,
that we may offer the fruit of our lips.

Hebrews 13:15   (NIV)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

Assyria cannot save us;
we will not mount warhorses.
We will never again say ‘Our gods’
to what our own hands have made,
for in you the fatherless find compassion.”

“I will heal their waywardness
and love them freely,
for my anger has turned away from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel;
he will blossom like a lily.

hosea14-redlilies

Like a cedar of Lebanon
he will send down his roots;

hosea14-lebanese-cedar
    his young shoots will grow.
His splendor will be like an olive tree,

his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
People will dwell again in his shade;
they will flourish like the grain,

they will blossom like the vine
Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.


Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a flourishing juniper;


your fruitfulness comes from me.”

Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the Lord are right;
the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.

THE END of the book of Hosea.

What did the reading of Hosea say to you? Please share your thoughts with your fellow readers — just hit REPLY below!

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Music:

Oh, so clearly we have heard the Lord calling us back to relationship with himself! Lord, we hear your voice, and we turn our hearts to you. Thank you for loving us the everlasting way that you do!

“Come Back to Me”  sung by John Michael Talbot. (We heard a different arrangement of this same song for Hosea 2.)   Click  HERE  to listen.

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Images courtesy of:
I will be like the dew . . .    http://dschondog.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/hosea145.jpg?w=593&h=444
lilies.   http://knitspot.com/wp-content/uploads/garden/redLilies06_25.jpg
cedar of Lebanon.   http://cdn.biblicalarchaeology.org/wp-content/uploads/lebanese-cedar-1.jpg
olive trees.    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b2/Olive_trees_on_Thassos.JPG/300px-Olive_trees_on_Thassos.JPG
barley field.   http://brinkministries.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/barley.jpg
grape vine.   http://img.ehowcdn.com/article-new/ehow/images/a05/0i/ft/fast-do-grape-vines-grow-800×800.jpg
juniper.   http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/medicinal_plants/images/juniper_branch_full.jpg
God’s way.    http://images.sharefaith.com/images/3/1348590380376_3/slide-02.jpg
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